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Book Review – “The Art of Procrastination”

OK, I’ve put it off long enough.

I recently read finished reading The Art of Procrastination, by John Perry.  Not because I was asked to, or offered money in exchange, either.

Becoming a Structured Procrastinator

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No, my dear husband bought the book awhile back because he found the title amusing.  And even though the book is by no means intimidating in size at 92 pages, I managed to successfully put off reading it for quite some time.

I guess what finally motivated me to peruse it, quite frankly, was the sub-title “A guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing (or getting things done by putting them off).”  I am famous for taking on too many projects (as many of us are) and for having a peculiar INability to either say “No!”, or refrain from volunteering.  As a result, I live with  far-too-long “to do” lists.

For those of you who can relate: take heart (and read this book!) – there IS help!

2 important take-aways:

  1. procrastination does not have to be considered a character flaw, and
  2. being a structured procrastinator can actually help you accomplish a great number of things!


Dr. Perry suggests strategies, discusses causes and without giving in to despair or a laissez faire attitude, ultimately recommends an attitude of acceptance.  Near the end of this both entertaining and helpful edition, in a chapter entitled “Deep Concluding Thoughts”, he offers this encouragement:

The structured procrastinator may not be the world’s most effective human being, but by letting her ideas and energies wander spontaneously, she may accomplish all sorts of things that she would have missed out on by adhering to a more-structured regimen.  Pat yourself on the back for what you do get done.  Use to-do lists, alarm clocks, and other ways of booby-trapping your environment. Form collaborations that will prevent you from never accomplishing anything.  Above all, enjoy life. (p. 83; emphasis mine)

Indeed, procrastinator or not, it is wise to not take yourself too seriously in this life.  Dr. Perry reminds us of this well, and reinforces that with a little healing laughter in the process.

Don’t YOU put it off any longer!  Get The Art of Procrastination from Amazon. (And for you on-the-go folks…you can get The Art of Procrastination on Kindle.) (Note: As of today (4/1) you can get it FREE as a KindleUnlimited subscriber, or with a free trial of Audible!)

Really – do it today…or tomorrow at the latest 😉


And if you’ don’t think you have the time to get through this little tome, we’ve put together a cute little PDF that you can print out and put on the wall, somewhere where it can encourage you!  Just click HERE and the image will open in a new tab… (Tip: print it in “landscape” and it will fill an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper nicely!)

So, determine today to get more done…by becoming a structured procrastinator! 🙂

Are you plagued by the concept of procrastination? Do you see any ways how you can make it work for you? What are some productivity tips and tricks you may be using already? We’d love to read about them in the comments…

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3 Responses to Book Review – “The Art of Procrastination”

  1. Marilyn Lesniak April 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    You just pushed by biggest pet peeve button. I have no patience for those with no sense of urgency and my son and his wife are the biggest offenders. I need to read this so I can learn to understand and accept this behavior. Thank you for linking to #WonderfulWednesday! Pinned and share.
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    • Pat April 13, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

      I never thought about reading it to give a different perspective on someone else’s behavior. I’m really interested to know what you think after reading it… The book seriously takes about an hour or two to read through (a bit longer if you give thought to what you’re reading…), but I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
      Personally, it helped me become a little easier on myself 😉 And interestingly enough, I do find myself way more productive than I used to be!
      Have a great week…
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